While it was great that women wanted to show the world their photos, those of us with a thigh gap were left feeling excluded like the new kid in school. Surely we shouldn't be made to feel like there's something wrong with our bodies just because we happen to have a gap between our thighs?
If Miley and Beyoncé independently choose to strip down to their smalls and shake their bottoms in the air, then good luck to them. And similarly, if a girl chooses to cover herself from top-to-toe or inject her face with chemicals, I have no issue with that either.
Week three of my new life in Montevideo: it's 7pm on a Monday night and I'm sat in a cluster of enviously bohemian looking women and a couple of fresh...
By way of social experiment, I posted Smart's story to Facebook and Twitter to find out what exactly what people thought of her story. Responses were almost always vile or ignorant so I've rounded up some of the most common criticisms, with my own simple explanations as to why they are bullshit.
For me the problem is that the Protein World ads didn't demonstrate how adding protein to a healthy diet and exercise regime can be very beneficial. Instead they asked 'Are you beach body ready'? Like it was a perfectly reasonable question to ask any woman.
Don't get me wrong. I do understand this movement is well-intended and I love the positive message but here's why I don't agree with it: It's not well-thought and rather insensitive. Especially the hashtag #NoThighGap.
By quietly accepting this type of shame-focused advertising we allow businesses such as these to propagate an idea of 'The Beach Body', and now it is emblazoned on the London Underground in massive capital letters. But thankfully it seems as though my own indignation has company. A lot of company.
"I feel like I should care, but I don't," said a 23 year old artist in London, when asked if she planned on voting in the upcoming election. While London is the location where women gathered from all over the country to fight for the vote, many young women today are less than inspired.
Like many other companies out there, Protein World is attempting to shame women in order to push their product. The image features bold writing asking commuters "ARE YOU BEACH BODY READY?" when it might as well say "DO YOU FEEL RUBBISH YET?".
We must continue to fight for the rights of workers everywhere by ensuring that no one should be coerced or forced into unsafe work - especially not children - because that is all that is available to them. The children of the Rana Plaza disaster should be managing the factories of the future and their children should have options that those brave men and women never dreamed of. We will not get there until we ensure that all children everywhere have access to an education.
I was intrigued to know why an absolute powerhouse of an actress, whose stellar career has so far spanned 4 decades in Theatre, Film and Television and shows no signs of slowing down, would be so interested in exploring Gender Equality in Theatre.
I was particularly affronted to be greeted with this monstrosity of an advert on my daily commute this morning. Funny, I thought I was just minding my own business in my usual spot on the London Underground Jubilee line platform. But NOPE, actually I should be PERMANENTLY stressing over whether my body is "beach ready". Duh.
Parklife, Creamfields, Outbreak, Wildlife. This summer, Britain hosts a stellar line-up of electronic music festivals. Defying the 'decline of the UK music festival', 2015 sees several dance fiestas sprouting across England's green pastures. Whether you rate chart darlings Gorgon City or house maestro Maceo Plex, there's a Reebok imprinted bog out there for you...
Fiona Longmuir and Tara Costello staged a protest by posing in their bikinis, in the London Underground, alongside the offending poster. They then tweeted their photo with the slogan " How to get a beach body? Take your body to the beach."
It's really odd, and really common, that people preface feminist statements with 'I'm not a feminist, but...' and I still don't understand why. Well actually I think I do, but I'm going to pretend I don't for the purposes of this argument for a minute...
There is no rule book on growing up to make it easier. Everyone matures at different speeds and messages need to be delivered appropriately. But what we can do right now is help young girls make sense of what's happening around them and empower them to deal with it.